Zoosk Celebrates Movember

  • Wednesday, November 14 2012 @ 05:54 am
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Some think of fall as the time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Others think of fall as time for the celebration of Movember, a tradition run since 2004 by the Movember Foundation.

What is Movember?

Movember is an annual, month-long event that hopes to "change the face of men's health" by raising awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and other men's health issues. On November 1st, Movember participants - known as Mo Bros - begin the event clean shaven. For the rest of the month, Mo Bros grow and groom their 'staches and raise money for the Movember Foundation by seeking sponsorship for their efforts. At the end of the month, Mo Bros celebrate their achievement by throwing a Movember party or attending one of the official galas held around the world.

This year Zoosk is celebrating the month of Movember by surveying members about their thoughts on facial hair and how it plays out in their relationships. Here's what they found:

Facial hair is becoming more popular in America.

  • Only 50% of American men say their father had facial hair.
  • But today, 64% of American men report having facial hair.
  • "Mustache" may be a French word, but only 40% of French men currently embrace facial hair.

The most common reason for growing facial hair is confidence.

  • 44% of men around the world say they feel more confident when they have facial hair.
  • Other common reasons for growing facial hair are: to feel more attractive, to feel more sophisticated, and to feel more intelligent.

The majority of women are a-ok with facial hair, and the goatee is their favorite form.

  • 80% of American women and 69% of women in the UK and Canada don't mind their men with facial hair.
  • But most women in Australia, France, Mexico and Denmark prefer clean-shaven men.
  • The goatee is the preferred form of facial hair, as voted by 36% of American women, while the soul patch is the least-liked form.

Participating in Movember might actually increase your chances of finding love.

  • 63% of American women say that they would be more open to romance with a man who grew facial hair for a worthy cause.
  • Only 27% of French women say they would feel more romantic with a man who grew facial hair for a cause.

Men and women disagree over which celebrity sports the best facial hair.

  • More than 50% of women think it's Johnny Depp.
  • Men, on the other hand, say Depp's facial hair is second to James Bond himself: Sean Connery.

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